Marcel Proust Writing Styles in Remembrance of Things Past

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Point of View

The point of view in the novel is first person. The point of view is fairly reliable since it is retrospective through flashbacks. Due to the novel being told through flashbacks, the point of view is nearly omniscient as well. This is important in order for the reader to be able to understand different aspects of the characters' personalities. This insight into the characters' thoughts and motivations serves to provide evidence of the parallels and paradoxes in the story.

The story is mostly told through exposition, primarily the narrator's thoughts and his translations of other's thoughts. Dialogue mainly occurs during the highly social scenes, such as at parties. Since the narrator is reflecting on his past, this makes sense because it would be difficult to accurately portray the conversations that occurred a long time in the past. This would compromise the narrator's reliability because the reader...

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